Sunday, July 11, 2010

Naming Ceremonies - not just for babies

One of the questions most frequently asked of me is if it is all right to have a naming ceremony for an older child. Of course it is. I have performed ceremonies for children up to 13 years of age where, for some reason, they hadn't had a ceremony when a baby.

These ceremonies are often held in conjunction with the naming of a younger sibling, and have a special feel to them because with a baby you are celebrating potential only, with an older child both potential and actual achievements.

Older children often have a very clear idea of what they feel would be appropriate to include in their ceremony, and this adds a great deal to the ceremony.

Til next time ...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What a difference a tablecloth makes

At a baby naming ceremony you will need a table to sign the register and certificate on, and to hold candles, wishing stones, a guest book or other bits and pieces for use during or after the ceremony.

Often the family plans to serve snacks from the same table afterwards and a simple plastic tablecloth is often the cloth of choice. But what a difference it makes when the "best cloth" comes out (it can easily be swapped for the more serviceable plastic for the party afterwards).

In our busy lives ironing tablecloths has slipped way down on the list of priorities, which is perfect reasonable for every day. But this is a special occasion. Delve into grandma's linen cupboard and borrow one of her hand-embroidered cloths for a very personal touch and way of honouring your child's heritage, or, as a number of my clients have done, use the special quilt made for the baby, or drape a hand-crafted christening shawl across the table. Just be careful if you're planning on using candles as well. A tablemat or large glass plate to protect the cloth from dripped wax is a very good idea.

Til next time ...